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Seal-Tag Hydrographic Observations in Ice-Ocean Fjords, Greenland

General

Organisation
Project start
01.01.2014
Project end
31.12.2019
Type of project
ARMAP/NSF
Project theme
Ocean & fiord systems
Project topic
Biology
Oceanography

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
05.08.2014
Fieldwork end
05.08.2014

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
09.06.2014
Fieldwork end
09.06.2014

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
07.06.2014
Fieldwork end
27.06.2014

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
04.08.2014
Fieldwork end
25.08.2014

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
30.07.2015
Fieldwork end
31.07.2015

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
01.06.2015
Fieldwork end
03.06.2015

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
04.06.2015
Fieldwork end
20.06.2015

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
31.07.2015
Fieldwork end
17.08.2015

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
30.07.2016
Fieldwork end
30.07.2016

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
04.06.2016
Fieldwork end
04.06.2016

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
01.06.2016
Fieldwork end
24.06.2016

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
27.07.2016
Fieldwork end
24.08.2016

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
31.07.2017
Fieldwork end
05.08.2017

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
20.08.2017
Fieldwork end
24.08.2017

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
17.08.2017
Fieldwork end
02.09.2017

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
29.07.2017
Fieldwork end
15.08.2017

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
18.06.2018
Fieldwork end
23.06.2018

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
03.06.2018
Fieldwork end
05.06.2018

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
01.06.2018
Fieldwork end
12.06.2018

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
24.08.2018
Fieldwork end
03.09.2018

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
14.06.2019
Fieldwork end
18.06.2019

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
04.06.2019
Fieldwork end
20.06.2019

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
03.08.2019
Fieldwork end
20.08.2019

SAR information

Project details

02.06.2019
Science / project plan

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Science / project summary
The overarching objective of this project is to implement cost-efficient, year-round, long-term subsurface oceanographic observations along the periphery of the Greenland Ice Sheet, as it is widely believed that the warming of such waters plays a critical role in the rapid retreat of outlet glaciers. Such oceanographic data, combined with appropriate glaciological observations, and assimilated into a fully coupled climate model ultimately offers a pathway to producing credible, robust projections of global sea-level change due to ice sheet mass loss at the periphery, arguably the most relevant location for future, major change. In this project, researchers will plan a marine-mammal sensor-tagging approach that will allow for such sustained observations. This grant is motivated by a successful pilot project involving ringed seals in two Greenland fjords this past summer. The pilot proved the viability of the technique, which makes use of ringed seals who spend the majority of their time in such fjords and who may be appropriately equipped with integrated, location-tracking, CTD, and satellite communication instrumentation. The observations begun in the pilot and which researchers seek to fully implement through this grant will be archived in national data bases, on the project's website, and made widely available to others in near real-time. This project will include observations of ocean temperatures and salinities along the periphery of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Researchers plan to use ringed seals as the primary data collector, a species which has been established to remain close to the fjord area, and that will provide a relatively coherent spatial and temporal view of our study areas, year round. The seals moult annually so the tags are to be renewed each year, thereby leading to sustained observations. This approach, and associated logistical operations, could eventually be expanded by others to all major outlet fjords in Greenland. For this project, the focus is only on the Ilulissat and Sermilik ice-ocean fjords because of both the rapid change they have experienced and the logistical advantage of having towns located nearby.
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